A Marietta paper supply company is pivoting its business in order to provide respirator masks for those who need them.
By the time people most at risk for serious side effects from COVID-19 knew about the disease, protective masks were sold out everywhere.
So Ryan Casey, who owns Safety Connexion, decided to add KN95 masks to his regular orders for paper products.
"The N95 is kind of the gold standard with the [National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health] label on it like the 3M brand," Casey said. "The KN95, to be perfectly honest, is comparable to it. You just don't have as many of these certifications and recognition as the other."
The difference between the KN95 and N95 masks has to do with certifications and where the masks are made. Legitimate masks and manufacturers are regulated by NIOSH — the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.